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Old 17 Jul 2023
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Col de Tende restrictions

Has anyone been to that area this season?

We're going there at the beginning of August to do the LGKS/Via del Sale, and on previous occasions, before the storm Alex destroyed most of the valley, we got to Tende from Limone via the tunnel, slept in Tende and did the LGKS/Via del Sale counter-clockwise starting from La Brigue and ending in the Fort Central.

We were planning to do the same this year, as we had reports from other riders that in the summer of 2021 and 2022 it was possible to cross form Limone to Tende using the Col de Tende pass and ride down into the valley from the Fort Central via the Route des Lacets.

It seems that usage of that route is regulated but the woman from the hotel we made the reservation with in Tende says that having a reservation should be enough to be allowed through.

However, when we called Limone's tourist office to confirm that the access to the Fort Central / Col de Tende area is open, they told us only people who work on the other side can use the road.

So, of anyone has been there recently and has first hand info, it would be great to know if/how we can cross from Limone to Tende.

Google maps shows the road from near the tunnel entrance to Fort Central as not open, although he Via del Sale website does not mention any access restrictions, so it should be possible to access the ticket booth from Limone via another road (through the ski slopes maybe?), and from there get to the Fort Central and down to Tende, right?

Anyway, sorry about the long post and thanks for info!
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We're back already. In case anyone is interested, access to the Col de Tende and Fort Central from Limone is open, no restrictions. From there, the descent to Tende via the Route des 46 Lacets is only open for 15 minutes twice a day - 6 to 6:15 and 19 to 19:15. The way down via Casterino and the Val des Merveilles is open with weight and width restrictions only, but it"s worth noting that it is 34km long.
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